First the stats:
Age-35 yr old, mom of three kids (5, 7 and 9)
SW-175lbs/size 14 jeans/glucose number in pre-diabetic range (October 2012)
CW- 120lbs (2/25/14) /size 2 jeans/glucose number is solidly in normal range
What's been going on-
I did ADF, (JUDDD), for the majority of my weight loss, and after I hit my original goal of 135lbs in the spring of 2013, I used 5:2 and 16:8 as a transition from weight loss to maintenance, and also lost a few more pounds (vanity pounds at that point). Last fall I called final goal, with a maintenance range of 117lbs-120lbs. This put my bmi at around 19 and my bf % estimate was around 17% at this time as well.
I got really involved over at MFP and I let myself become convinced that IF wasn't necessary for maintenance, and straight calorie counting/tracking was the way to go. But, I dislike keeping a daily food diary and during weight loss I only tracked on my down (fasting) days. Over at MFP I wasn't able to stick with daily tracking and that caused me to get sloppy. It worked to not track some of the time when I was incorporating down days, but when I wasn't doing that, extra calories started slipping in.
I'm going back to IF for maintenance, because I now know I need some sort of plan to follow and I really enjoyed IF (and no daily tracking yay!). I deleted my MFP account and I'm getting plugged in here
UPDATE: 2/25-one thing I've learned over the past year and a half, is that this is an ever evolving process! I'm going to really start focusing on strength training now and will be doing a controlled gain along side that. I'd like to combine that with 16:8 and have an eating window of 11am-7pm. I'm wrapping up Mark Lauren's program. Body By You, and will be starting You Are Your Own Gym next week!
Here's some current pictures (taken in January)